I’ve always loved the picture that accompanies this post. I’ve loved too Luke’s story of the conversation on the road to Emmaus.
In part, it reminds me of paintings by Euan Macleod. Like Macleod’s paintings it evokes interesting questions, e.g. what would I want to talk about in Jesus’ presence? Who are the fellow wayfarers in my life who most open up to me new ways of seeing, hearing and understanding? What am I grateful for, and learning in my encounters with others?
This picture features a quote from a French philosopher of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry, Emmanuel Levinas (12 January 1906 – 25 December 1995). While not aimed at a general readership, for more on Levinas’ thinking and insights, I highly recommend my good friend Andrew Shepherd’s theological work The Gift of the Other: Levinas, Derrida, and a Theology of Hospitality (Princeton Theological Monograph) – pub. 2014. The book is drawn from Andrew’s PhD thesis.
Thanks to blogging friend Len Hjalmarson for the image.